MoldMaking Technology Editorial Director Christina Fuges asks Scholle IPN Senior Tooling Manager North America to define Tooling 4.0.
Scholle IPN looked, and continues to look for, forward-thinking mold manufacturers possessing all tools in the toolbox but will not exclude shops without all the tools, as long as they are interested and willing to take the next steps with them. A top skill set Scholle IPN was looking to implement with its mold-building strategic partner was engineering injection molds instead of designing injection molds. Engineering, by definition, is the application of mathematics, as well as scientific, economic, social and practical knowledge to invent, innovate, design, build, maintain, research and improve structures, machines, tools, systems, components, materials, processes, solutions and organizations. Design is the intentional creation of a plan or specification for the construction of an object or system for the implementation of an activity or process.
Engineering a product (in this case, the injection mold) means to achieve measurable outputs via mathematics and science. Outputs include balancing runner systems (Beaumont theory), mold temperature control (calculate GPM; temperature sensors), conformal cooling (estimated cycle time and part quality targets) and calculations for optimized venting (pressure sensors). In the Industry 4.0 era, engineered molds with digital outputs will be the norm and the mold supplier committed to “engineered” molds is the mold builder of the future.
Here are some expectations that OEM/suppliers might place upon the mold builder of the future to take full advantage of advancing technology.
MoldMaking Technology Editorial Director Christina Fuges interviews Scholle IPN Senior Tooling Manager North America Don Smith about the difference between mold design and mold engineering.
As the prevalence of IoT increases, experts advise that the adoption of Industry 4.0 is necessary for business survival. However, moving an organization toward smart manufacturing is a multi-faceted project, regardless of company size. Simply put, Industry 4.0 and Tooling 4.0 are all about using technology to turn “dumb” products into “smart” ones.
Reference: industry 40